Jennifer Harman’s Divorce From Fellow Poker Pro Marco Traniello

Jennifer Harman is back on the market.

Jennifer Harman is back on the market.

By Steve Beauregard – They seemed like such a cute couple, and their relationship was the subject of segments on ESPN, yet after 13 years of marriage, poker superstar Jennifer Harman and her hair stylist husband, Marco Traniello, have divorced. The couple has two children.

A date for the filing is unavailable, however Jennifer posted a message on her Twitter account back in August of 2013, indicating that she was no longer married.

Jennifer, who is nine years Marco’s senior, met during a chance encounter in 1999 the parking lot of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

Jennifer had previously dated Todd Brunson. Doyle Brunson had said in interviews that he’s often felt that Jennifer was like a daughter to him.

Born in Reno, Nevada in 1964, Harman is widely considered to be the greatest female poker player of all time. She is just one of six women to have won more than one WSOP bracelet. By all accounts, she is the only “regular” in the “Big Game” – the high stakes mixed cash game that features some of the largest pots in live poker. The game has been played often at “Bobby’s Room” at the Bellagio and at “Ivey’s Room” at the Aria.

After marrying the female poker pro in 2000, Traniello, a hairstylist at the time, became more involved with poker, eventually becoming (like Jennifer), a sponsored pro on Full Tilt Poker

After Black Friday, Full Tilt, of course, went under, and with it the lucrative sponsorship deals to Full Tilt pros came to an abrupt end. And when I say “lucrative,” I mean it has been reported that before going broke, pros like Erik Lindgren received monthly checks from FullTilt.com in the $250,000 per month range.

Traniello’s monthly check from Full Tilt was undoubtedly much smaller, but considering the Full Tilt faucet of money to both Marco and Jennifer had been cut off, it’s easy to understand why there were rumors on the 2+2 forums and in the poker community that Jennifer Harman was broke.

Adding to the fire was the disclosure that in September of 2011, the couple put up their Las Vegas home for sale for $1.6 million. They had purchased the 4 bedroom, 5,882 square foot mansion for $2.4 million in 2006, according to published reports.

Regardless of how the closure of Full Tilt negatively affected their finances, Jennifer Harman appears to still be active in the big games, whereas he now ex-husband is largely gone from the sport.

Jennifer appears to not have a boyfriend at this time. According to a June 30, 2015 Twitter posting, she writes, “I’m looking for a 95 year old billionaire. If anyone is interested, please DM me. Hahaha I’m drunk.”

Marco Traniello

Traniello was born and raised in Italy, and has a very diverse career background, ranging from real estate agent, to ship captain, hairstylist, to more recently, an aspiring music producer.

Contrary to some thoughts out there, Traniello played a lot of poker before meeting his poker pro wife back in 1999. She though, undoubtedly helped and encouraged his game. As of today, he ranks 26th on the list of all time winningest poker players from Italy, according to the Hendon Mob database.

In total, Traniello has career live poker winnings of over $700,000. His biggest score came after making the final table of the $10,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2007 World Series of Poker. His winnings for his 5th place finish were $156,435.

In addition to that event, Traniello has made it to the final table of a WSOP event on four other occasions, but considering the number of events he’s played in, and the combined costs of entry fees and travel, his tournament winning record is unimpressive. In fact, considering he’s played in many $10,000 buy-in events, it’s a realistic possibility that Traniello is not a winning poker player. (Did I mention he was once a sponsored pro on Full Tilt?)

Marco Traniello Twitter

Marco Traniello’s Twitter handle is @marcopoker. He re-tweets stuff like pro-drug messages, and stuff like how soy is bad for babies, and how we should redirect military spending to poor people and other hippie crap. Mostly though, he uses Twitter to endlessly promote his new girlfriend’s singing appearances. Speaking of which…

Marco Traniello’s Girlfriend

Like a lot of men in their mid-life, Marco traded in his longtime wife, for a younger, attractive model.
From the always classy Jennifer Harman, Traniello (born in 1973) is now dating a very young aspiring singer from Las Vegas named Christina Amato.

(Here’s some cringe-worthy video of Marco Traniello’s new girlfriend)

According to her Twitter account, Amato is a “Singer. Songwriter. Makeup Guru.” Yet for a songwriter, she does a lot of karaoke. Her Facebook page is full of her performing covers of popular songs. She also plays around Las Vegas with a band called “Zowie Bowie.”

Ironically, before the divorce, Jennifer Harman (along with Traniello) co-produced three songs together (according to a posting on Jen’s Twitter account). The singles can be found on Itunes, where, shockingly, one of the first “5 star” reviews came from a listener named “marcopoker.”